FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Victim Rights Law Center
Proposed Title IX Regulations Will Silence Student Sexual Assault Survivors
Boston, MA — Today, the U.S. Department of Education issued new proposed regulations rolling back Title IX protections for survivors of sexual violence in K-12 schools and on college campuses. Despite the Department’s claimed focus on due process, the regulations are inherently inequitable and create a dangerous environment for student victims. We know that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in college. If the proposed regulations become law, it will lead to fewer reports of sexual violence, less accountability for perpetrators, and a weakening of institutional responsibility. In a moment in history where survivors are speaking out in record numbers, these regulations will create a deafening silence.
In response to the proposed Title IX regulation changes, the Victim Rights Law Center’s Executive Director Stacy Malone said “the #MeToo movement has successfully amplified the voices of sexual assault survivors. By eliminating the rights of students, the Department of Education will effectively silence survivors’ voices.”
The Victim Rights Law Center has represented thousands of sexual assault victims throughout our 15-year history and has provided support to tens of thousands of lawyers, advocates, medical forensic examiners, and other first responders. Nationwide, more than 80% of sexual assault victims do not report to law enforcement because of the stigma, threats of retaliation, and the fear of victim blaming. It is critical that we protect Title IX rights to ensure that survivors can safely stay on their educational trajectories.
At the Victim Rights Law Center, we stand shoulder to shoulder with survivors of sexual violence.
The Victim Rights Law Center was founded in 2003 as the first nonprofit law center in the country solely dedicated to the legal needs of sexual assault survivors. The VRLC provides free legal assistance for sexual assault survivors in Massachusetts and Oregon in the areas of privacy, safety, education, housing, immigration, employment, and financial stability. The VRLC’s national programs focus on campus sexual assault, the privacy rights of victims of crime, and in training and mentoring professionals to improve the response to sexual violence throughout the country. The Victim Rights Law Center’s mission is to provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim.